For those who do not know me I am Maj (Retd) Paul Moore previously of 9 Para Sqn RE and 23 Parachute Engineer Regiment. I served with 3 Para in the Falklands in 1982 as a young LCpl and my Section Commander – Cpl Scott Wilson – was killed during the battle for Mount Longdon.
I intend to visit the known gravesites of members of 3 Para who were killed in the Falklands conflict of 1982. I am taking this on as a personal pilgrimage, but also in order to raise funds for the South Atlantic Medal Association (SAMA) in recognition of the good work they continue to do with, and on behalf of, all Falklands Veterans.
The motorbike ride will start in Durham on Monday 01 July and move around the UK in an anti-clockwise direction, ultimately ending up in Aldershot Military Cemetery on Friday 05 July where the majority of Airborne Forces fallen lie. (The advantage of these dates is that it puts me in the right place for the unveiling of the Airborne Statue the following day on 06 July) It will be kept simple. All I intend to do at each grave location is to place a simple named wooden cross and have a few quiet moments of reflection. We hope that family members can be present.
On the return journey north the following week I also intend to visit the graves of Sgt Micheal Willet GC 3 Para and WO2 Peter Fenty 9 Para Sqn RE.
I am hoping that other members of the Airborne Riders will join me at certain parts of the route or locations, and possibly offer some overnight accommodation on the couple of nights where overnight stops are required. I’ll have a tent so camping is fine.
Day 1 Mon 01 July
0940 hrs Lanchester DH70JQ – Stewart Laing
1100 hrs Gosforth NE35BT – Phillip West
1500 hrs Edinburgh EH75NB – Scott Wilson
1700 hrs Paisley PA34JA – James (Doc) Murdoch
Day 2 Tue 02 July
1030 hrs Chorlton M217GL – Anthony Greenwood
1215 hrs Wallasey CH455DE – Stewart McLaughlin
1500 hrs Walsall WS28EA – Mark Dodsworth
1800 hrs Corby NN172AE – Alexander Shaw
1900 hrs Brixworth NN69DF – Gerald Bull
Day 3 Wed 03 July
1300 hrs Pontypool – Visit to SAMA Office
Day 4 Thur 04 July
1000 hrs Ross on Wye HR95PZ – Timothy Jenkins
1230hrs Frome BA116TG – Keith McCarthy
1400 hrs Tidworth SP97JR – Peter Higgs
1700 hrs Worthing BN140AB – Christopher Lovett
Day 5 Fri 05 July
1200 hrs Aldershot Military Cemetery
Neil Grose, Jason Burt, Jonathon Crow, Peter Heddicker, Ian McKay VC David Scott, Ian Scrivens, Richard Absolon, Stephen Hope, Craig Jones –
Plus others from Airborne Forces who gave their lives in the Falklands 1982.
I have opened a JustGiving Page with a target of £1000: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/airborneriders3parafallen?fbclid=IwAR0axqtVivpDQAuosQrgWxoY9VA7voLKDSr_g2JNBQkKiGnK88uPIkTsJJg&utm_campaign=pfp-share&utm_content=AirborneRiders3ParaFallen&utm_medium=fundraisingpage&utm_source=Facebook